Fats in relevance to workouts.

  • Artesin

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    Dec 13, 2007 9:00 AM GMT
    Ok so Im 5'11, 6% bodyfat and a fast metabolism. Would it be easier to build muscle if I were to take more fat into my diet? Excluding saturated and trans fat that is. I probably get maybe 30-45 grams of fat a day but I'm not sure if I'm giving my body enough to continually fuel my muscles while I sleep and just sit around. Basicly I'm wondering if it would be easier to bulk up by intaking more fat and if this would allow me to do more cardio/anaerobic work without endangering my muscles to catabolism ?
  • vince_the_cyc...

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    Dec 13, 2007 5:42 PM GMT
    You need plenty of calories from fat, carbs and protein to add muscle. You'll probably want to be more concerned with total calories and plenty of protein rather than focusing on fat intake.

    I have a slim build, adding significant muscle has always been a challenge. I'd lifted for years with some slow progress but didn't start seeing real results until I upped my calorie intake to 3,500 and limited my cardio to short interval runs once or twice a week.
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    Dec 14, 2007 12:34 AM GMT
    Your deffinently looking at your body in the right way. Most people don't understand what catabolic is. But at your age your body is using everything it can get to grow. 3500 calories may not even be enough. I was put on a 3500 cal. diet when I first started and it made me grow but I'm older too.
    I'll bet you have a hard time getting up in the mornings, you like to sleep in. This is all part of your body rebuilding and growing your muscles. It needs the extra sleep. At this point in your life I wouldn't be to concerned about fat intake, just don't go nuts with it.

    Bulking up might come later for you, but for now don't give up because it doesn't look like your making progress.
    Lifting heavy with low reps,(3X6) will add bulk.
    And go with basic compound exercises, flat bench, squats, barbell curls, and crunches.

    Stay dedicated and good luck